It was designed because many individuals found that the traditional approach to dating just wasn’t working for them.The concept is simple and relatively straightforward.However, if you pay any attention to the written by Malcolm Gladwell.While there are numerous learnings in the book relevant to HR, one of the most relevant to this discussion is the concept of “thin slicing.” Thin slicing is something we all do every day.It is the act of taking an activity and breaking it down into micro segments, which then get coded and analyzed for trends.
The process has been used successfully by dating services, senior citizen groups, and even churches.
After years of study, he discovered that the observation period could be cut to 15 minutes with a negligible impact on predictive accuracy and to three minutes if an 80% accuracy rating is tolerable.
Today, Gottman only looks for four signs: defensiveness, stonewalling, criticism, and contempt, the last being the most telling sign of failure.
Individuals looking for a date sit at separated tables and do a five-minute interview with their first potential date.
Then a bell goes off, and each of the potential dates get up and rotate to another five-minute interview, until they’ve interviewed everyone who has interested them.
The concept is popular because it allows you to meet and then quickly determine whether an individual fits your selection criteria and is worth the time and the risk involved in an actual one-on-one date.